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March 10, 2014

Association Events

  • 3.12.14 – MDBFAA Member Meeting
    Wednesday March 12, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Learn About Major Industry Changes –  NEW Products & NEW Technologies. For more info

Door to Door Sales

  • Phone scams top list of Utah consumer gripes
    3.4.14 – Standard-Examiner – Telemarketing tops the list of Utah consumer complaints in 2013, signifying how scammers prey on people by phone to electronically pick their pockets. March 2 to 8 is the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week, and Daniel O’Bannon, director of Utah’s Division of Consumer Protection, recommended that people protect themselves by registering their home and cell phone numbers on the National … More Info
  • Reynoldsburg PD Warns Against Security Alarm Scam
    3.7.14 – WCMH Columbus – Reynoldsburg police says the department has received a number of complaints from citizens for unsolicited calls asking about the resident’s security alarm service. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • MO: Business owner wants others to know the need for permit with alarms
    3.4.14 – FOX 4 Kansas City – Kansas City, Mo. — A Kansas City business owner is livid because police refused to respond to his burglar alarm… More Info
  • MO: Police Don’t Respond To Car Dealership Break-In Because Of $45 …
    3.5.14 – The Consumerist – If you spend the money to put in an alarm system on your home or business, make sure you check with your local police and fire departments to … More Info
  • NC: City removes alarm registration fees – WilsonTimes.com
    3.7.14 – Wilson Daily Times – Security and fire alarm registration fees have been removed from a proposed city ordinance that will be considered by the Wilson City Council … More Info
  • OH: Richmond Heights police say they will start citing residents and …
    3.3.14 – The Plain Dealer – Richmond Heights Police Chief Gene Rowe said his department restructured the way dispatchers will code alarms. That will allow police to accurately track the … More Info
  • OH: University Heights citations for false alarms helping ease burden on …
    3.3.14 – The Plain Dealer – University Heights, Ohio – False alarms in the Heights areas cause particular difficulties for it’s smallest police department. University Heights, an area of …More Info
  • TX: Dallas 911 operator placed on leave after reporting false burglary
    3.4.14 – WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth – Dallas -– A Dallas Police Department 911 operator is on administrative leave while internal investigators delve into whether she faked a burglary at her apartment late last year.  According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Shatawn Renee Allen, 32, called police from her unit to report that someone kicked in her door and stole a “vintage” 1998 Louis Vuitton … More Info
  • TX: Giving store owners active role in fighting crime
    3.5.14 – ABC 13 Houston – Houston police officers are hitting the streets to help local businesses better protect themselves and the people they serve… More Info

Industry News

  • Bid a Fond Farewell to Baby Boomers and Move On!
    3.4.14 – CEPro- Integrators need to stop catering to Baby Boomers because most of them don’t have any money left. Instead, focus on Gen X and Milennials. More Info
  • Nest smoke alarm & CO detector: Consumer Reports
    3.5.14 – WSYR 9 Syracuse  – You know the problem — you’ve burnt the toast and the smoke alarm won’t quit so you rip it from the wall or pull out the batteries. Consumer Reports tested a new combo smoke alarm and CO detector that offers a better solution. It’s from Nest Labs, the company that Google bought recently for more than three billion dollars. More Info
  • Verified alarm? Definitions vary
    3.5.14- Security Systems News – Henderson, Nev. and Vienna, VA – It’s likely that a new comprehensive verification standard will surface sometime in 2014. The CSAA is developing such a standard for verified alarms, and the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response has been gathering best practices toward that end. But it’s not clear yet what exactly that standard will look like. Why? More Info
  • FTC settlement with ADT sounds alarm about deceptive use of paid …
    3.6.14 – Imperial Valley News – Washington, DC – Consumers who tuned in to programs like the Today Show, Daybreak USA, and local newscasts may have caught interviews with guests … More Info

Legislative News

Full Text

Brief Description and Current Status History



Status: 02/26/2014 : Introduced, referred to House Corporations.



By Fogarty, Ruggerio, Goodwin, Ciccone, Lombardi | AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — ELECTRICIANS (This act would expand and would clarify the type of work that can and must be performed only by a person who holds an electrical contractor’s license. This act would also change references to an “oil burner contractor” to a “burner contractor”.)
Status: 02/27/2014 : Introduced, referred to Senate Labor.



Status: 03/05/2014 : Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture.


National News

  • What business owners should know about Obama’s budget
    3.4.14 – Washington Post – More infrastructure spending and innovation centers may help some, but many small firms would be left out of the president’s tax reform plans. More Info
  • New report says climate change may mean more crime
    3.2.14 – The Boston Globe – As the global climate changes around us, the potential effects tend to be discussed in familiar environmental terms: warmer average temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and rising seas. A new study posits rising temperatures in the United States will lead to an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape and 1.3 million burglaries. More Info
  • Preliminary semiannual uniform crime report, January-June 2013
    3.1.14 – Federal Bureau of Investigation – Preliminary figures indicate that law enforcement agencies throughout the nation reported a decrease of 5.4 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2013 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2012… More Info
  • U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February; unemployment rate at 6.7 percent
    3.7.14 – Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, according to a Labor Department report released Friday morning. The nation’s unemployment rate was at 6.7 percent. Analysts expected the report to show that the country had added 149,000 jobs last month, and that the unemployment rate would remain at 6.6 percent. More Info

Business Tips

  • Five Lessons I’ve Learned From Government Agencies
    2.28.14 – CIO Insights – Government agencies underperform for a handful of key reasons, including poor incentives, faulty hiring practices and shortsighted approaches to solving problems. More Info
  • Employers and Workers Disagree About Engagement
    3.4.14 – Baseline – Employee engagement can have a tangible impact on the bottom line. Businesses that get it right will have a workforce that’s committed to the mission of their employer. More Info
  • Employees Are Careless With Passwords, File Sharing
    3.3.14 – Fifty-two percent of employees surveyed use the same password for all their accounts, and 46 percent use unsecure file-sharing tools to send sensitive documents. More Info
  • Different Perceptions of Employee Motivation
    3.4.14 – Baseline – Eighty-one percent of employers in a recent survey say their employees are inspired to do their best work, but only 72 percent of employees say they actually are motivated. More Info

Fire News

  • FL: Refrigerator blast sets off alarm on Tampa campus
    3.5.14 – Wink News – No one was injured in the blast, which set off a fire alarm about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. Tampa Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials team responded to the campus … More Info
  • ID: Des Moines couple’s carbon monoxide device pays off quickly
    3.5.14 – The Des Moines Register – Less than 24 hours after Robert Taylor installed a carbon monoxide detector in his home, the device began blaring. More Info
  • MA: 9-year-old saves family from blaze
    3.9.14 – Boston Herald – A 9-year-old New Bedford boy is being hailed as a hero for calling 911 and alerting authorities to an early morning fire in his home that left his mother and older brother with serious burns. “If he had not been woken by the smoke alarm it would have been a much greater tragedy,” said New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes. “It would have been fatal had it not been for the actions of the 9-year …More Info
  • SC: Fire alarm interrupts SC legislative session
    3.5.14 – WIS News 10 Columbia – A fire alarm caused legislators and others to briefly leave the South Carolina Statehouse, but authorities say it was a false alarm and there never was any emergency. More Info
  • SK: False alarms remain problem for EFRS
    3.6.14 – Estevan Mercury – In an interview last week, Chief Ron Tocker said they have again been plagued by a number of false alarms, adding that they are beginning to a take a toll on … More Info
  • VA: Smoke detector, neighbor save 81-year-old Henrico man
    3.7.14 – Richmond Times Dispatch – “I would have been killed,” said Burrows, who was awakened by the alarm Thursday morning. Fire prevention experts suggest that it is a good idea to change … More Info

Crime News

  • AZ: Burglary at gun shop ends in officer-involved shooting
    3.3.14 – AZFamily – Officers say it looks like the suspects tripped an alarm when they allegedly entered the gun store through a business next door. Police confronted the suspects in … More Info
  • CA: Alarm Scares off Would-Be Burglars
    3.5.14 – Patch.com – According to the report, two men pried open the back doors but fled when the alarm went off. These are selected reports from the Redondo Beach Police … More Info
  • CA: Man Caught Red-Handed Allegedly Burglarizing South SF Taqueria
    3.5.14 – CBS San Francisco – A man was arrested after being caught red-handed inside a South San Francisco taqueria he was allegedly trying to burglarize early Saturday morning, police said. More Info
  • CA: String of business break-ins cause police to sound the alarm
    3.6.14 – Thousand Oaks Acorn – A recent increase in forced entry commercial burglaries has authorities encouraging local business owners to boost security measures at their stores and … More Info
  • CO: Home break-in reported
    3.7.14 – Pueblo Chieftain – Police noted that alarm panels located in the front living room were pulled from the wall. Police were able to pull a partial fingerprint from the back of one of the … More Info
  • DE: Two Maryland Men Charged With Burglary
    3.3.14 – WMDT Salisbury – Salisbury, Md. – Two men are accused of breaking into a Salisbury business, and stealing items. More Info
  • FL: Cameras help nab man in Boys and Girls Club burglary
    3.3.14 – The Gainesville Sun – A Gainesville man who police say broke into a Boys and Girls Club campus early Sunday morning tried to avoid detection by changing the angles on the surveillance cameras. More Info
  • FL: Masked burglar crashes into patrol cars, arrested, police say
    3.4.14 – Sun-Sentinel – An alarm and shattered window led police to a masked burglar on Friday, according to Boynton Beach Police. More Info
  • FL: Police: 3 juveniles caught burglarizing NSB High School
    3.9.14 – Daytona Beach News-Journal – Three juveniles from Volusia County are facing burglary charges after police say they were caught trying to steal electronics from New Smyrna Beach High School. More Info
  • GA: Senoia pharmacy burglary suspect arrested
    3.6.14 – Newnan Times – That morning, Senoia police officers responded to the Senoia Drug Company to check on an alarm and found the store had been broken into. Since the doors … More Info
  • GA: Theft victim upset with police response
    3.6.14 – WSB-TV 2 Atlanta – A Clayton County husband and father said his alarm service alerted police to a possible crime in progress, but it took officers almost two hours to respond. Kennie Davis said a thief or thieves took his television, Play Station and a gun on Sunday. A Clayton County police captain said the first call came in at 9:36 p.m.  He said police arrived at the scene at 11:13 p.m. He said the circumstances … More Info
  • GA: VR man accused in home invasion pleads guilty
    3.6.14 – Times-Georgian – An officer responded to the home after an alarm was triggered. As the officer was checking the home to ensure that it was secure, the four teens allegedly hid in … More Info
  • IA: Suspect in sisters’ deaths surrenders in Pennsylvania
    DesMoinesRegister.com – Sarah Wolfe was most likely killed when she returned home from work later that night, according to video and alarm records cited in the police complaint. More Info
  • ID: Man arrested after police say he broke into Taco Time
    3.6.14 – KTVB Boise – Caldwell — Police say a Caldwell man was arrested early Thursday morning for breaking into Taco Time. Lt. Riley with Caldwell Police says just after 1:30 a.m. officers responded an alarm going off at the Taco Time on Blaine Street. When they got there, they found the front door had been shattered and heard a banging noise coming from inside the business. Officers found 43-year-old David Felix … More Info
  • IL: Police looking for man who robbed Cary convenience store with semi-automatic handgun
    3.7.14 – Northwest Herald – Cary – Cary police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store with a semi-automatic handgun Thursday night. More Info
  • IL: Two arrested for allegedly breaking into Morrison credit union
    3.3.14 – WQAD Moline – Two men were taken into custody on burglary charges in Whiteside County. More Info
  • IL: Two Chicago-Area Men Suspects in Rockford Burglary
    3.5.14 – WIFR Rockford – Rockford (WIFR) — Two Chicago-area men have been arrested in connected to a robbery Sunday at a Rockford restaurant. More Info
  • IL: Two men charged with credit union break-in
    3.3.14 – Clinton Herald – Morrison police responded to an alarm at the Morrison Community Federal Credit Union shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. More Info
  • IN: Burglary suspect caught after police chase on city’s northwest side
    3.3.14 – Fox 59 – Police began chasing the suspect when an alarm went off at Memories Bar and Grill. Speeds reached upwards of 80 mph as … More Info
  • KS: Attempted burglary at Comanche Plaza
    3.7.14 – Dodge City Daily Globe – Dodge City Police Officers responded to an alarm at Rent-A-Center store inside Comanche Plaza, Sunday, March 2 at approximately 3:28 a.m.. Upon arrival … More Info
  • LA: Burglars loot $50K – $100K in jewelry in smash and grab job at …
    3.6.14 – WDSU New Orleans – When the burglars broke in, authorities said, the motion alarm in the business triggered, alerting deputies to the incident. When deputies arrived at the scene, … More Info
  • LA: Early Morning Pharmacy Burglary
    3.5.14 – Donaldsonville Chief – … at approximately 3:38 a.m., the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen stating that they could here an alarm from a nearby building. More Info
  • LA: Help needed to identify suspects who entered WM school
    3.6.14 – Monroe News Star – Once inside, video surveillance captured the suspects as they walked down school corridors. The suspects activated an alarm and fled before taking any items. More Info
  • MA: Braintree Police Arrest Alleged Drug Dealers on Hoover Avenue
    3.7.14 – Patch.com – At 2:49 a.m., police responded to an alarm on Washington Street. At 3:50 a.m., police responded to an alarm on Granite Street. At 5:52 a.m., police responded to … More Info
  • MA: Marblehead Police Nab Alleged Burglar on West Shore Drive
    3.6.14 – Patch.com – At 9:10 a.m., police responded to a burglar alarm. At 9:21 a.m., police responded to a burglar alarm. At 11:14 a.m., police … More Info
  • MD: Police searching for man in attempted liquor store robbery
    3.3.14 – CapitalGazette.com – … to rob a liquor store Saturday night in Severn. Police officers responded to Severn Liquors at 8 p.m. for a hold-up alarm. More Info
  • MI: Break-In Reported At Jefferson Schools Admin Building
    3.3.14 – The Monroe Evening News – Frenchtown Township – Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone is reporting the apprehension of a suspect believed to have been involved in an overnight break-in at the Jefferson Schools Administration Building. More Info
  • MI: Police surround pharmacy following break-in
    3.7.14 – WXYZ-TV Detroit – The Detroit Police Department says two suspects broke into a pharmacy on Vernor and barricaded themselves inside for a short time on Friday morning. More Info
  • MN: Moorhead man arrested following Fosston break-ins
    3.3.14 – The Fargo Forum – Fosston, Minn. – Two business break-ins here early Monday led police to arrest a Moorhead man, authorities said. More Info
  • NC: APD arrests robbery suspect
    3.4.14 – Mountain Xpress – Asheville – On March 3rd, 2014 at 6:09 PM the Asheville Police Department responded to a hold-up alarm… More Info
  • ND: Deputies respond to early morning burglary alarms in Fosston
    3.3.14 – WDAZ – Early Monday morning before 1 am The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a business alarm from Lepiers West Convenience Store in Fosston. Upon arriving … More Info
  • NJ: Bank Robbery Foiled When Teller Asks For ID
    3.6.14 – The Consumerist – Rather than dive to the floor, scream bloody murder, hit a silent alarm, or try to slip a dye pack in with the demanded money, the teller instead insisted that the … More Info
  • NJ: Newton man arrested for burglary of establishment
    3.9.14 – The Township Journal – Newton — On Wednesday Feb. 26, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Newton Police officers responded to a burglar alarm at Campbell’s Small Engine located at 99 Moran Street in Newton. More Info
  • NY: Long Island police track snow footprints to twin burglars
    3.4.14 – WABC-TV New York – Police on Long Island tracked footprints left in the snow to catch a pair of twin brothers believed to be behind a string of burglars. More Info
  • NY: Police Release Photos Of Suspects In Ramsey Jewelry Store Robbery
    3.5.14 – CBS New York – The robbery occurred at Aydin Coins & Jewelry on Route 17 in Ramsey around 11:20 a.m. Monday. More Info
  • OH: Thieves enter several homes: Rocky River Police Blotter
    3.7.14 – The Cleveland Plain Dealer – Burglary, South Hampton Circle: Officers responded to a house alarm on Feb. 28 at 7:16 p.m. and noticed footprints around the home, a cracked sunroom window and the front door kicked in. Officers searched the house and found it had… More Info
  • ON: Thieves steal vitamin supplements
    3.8.14 – The Sudbury Star – Police received notification at approximately 3:20 a.m. that the alarm at a business went off. Two suspects entered the business for less than a … More Info
  • PA: Police: Items stolen during fire alarm
    3.9.14 – WJAC Johnstown – State College, PA — Police are investigating burglaries that occurred in downtown apartment buildings in State College Friday. Police said during a fire … More Info
  • PA: Two arrested after burglarizing JC Penney
    3.4.14 – Times Chronicle & Glenside News & The Globe – J.C. Penney employee Henry J. Martin, 42, and accomplice Michelle Bradford, 46, of Philadelphia, were charged with burglary, theft, criminal conspiracy and related offenses Feb. 25 after they broke into the J.C. Penney department store in the Willow Grove Park mall Feb. 25, according to Abington police. More Info
  • TN: Man accused of breaking into business claimed to be employee
    3.4.14 – WSMV Nashville – In these freezing temperatures, being stuck outside can be dangerous, but what one man is accused of doing to get warm got him in trouble. More Info
  • TX: Arlington Police Officer On Leave After Using Gun on Duty
    3.3.14 – Nightcap TV – An Arlington Police officer is on leave after using his gun in the line of duty. Early Sunday morning, police were called to investigate a burglar alarm at the Walnut Creek apartments. When the officer arrived, the officer says he … More Info
  • TX: El Paso police investigate aggravated robbery in Northeast El Paso
    3.4.14 – KFOX 14 – El Paso, TX – El Paso police are investigating an armed aggravated robbery in Northeast El Paso at a Howdy’s convenience store. Police were called to the Howdy’s just before 3:30 A.M. Monday morning after an alarm was activated by the clerk. … More Info
  • TX: Surveillance Video Released in Convenience Store Robbery
    3.7.14 – KAGS News – While enroute, dispatchers were able to ascertain that a robbery had occurred leading to the alarm call. Upon arrival at the store, officers began an initial … More Info
  • VT: Burlington homeowner walks in on burglary
    3.7.14 – WCAX-TV Vermont – A scare for a homeowner in Burlington Friday afternoon who walked in on a burglary. More Info
  • WA: Two arrested in Macy’s burglary
    3.7.14 – The Wenatchee World Online – The men apparently broke into the closed store through an outside door and the alarm was triggered about 10 p.m., said East Wenatchee Detective Darin … More Info

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